Uganda is rich in natural resources and has a favourable geological environment that hosts over 27 different minerals including gold, tin, iron ore, sand, limestone, marble, stone aggregate, phosphate, dimension stone, clay, oil and natural gas among others. Mining offers a significant opportunity for the country; particularly as a source of revenue, employment, economic lifeline for industries and a way of contributing to social and economic development. Nationally the mining industry is a key to attaining ‘Vision 2040’7 and the National Development Plan II (2015/16 –2019/20).
Growth and development of the mining sector is guided by the Mining and Minerals Policy 2001, Mining Act 2003 and Mining regulations of 2004, which are now out of date. Government of Uganda is with the support of development partners including UNDP reviewing the policy and legal institutional framework of the mining sector.
Over the last two decades, Uganda has experienced an infrastructure boom and rapid urbanisation drive by the demand for construction materials, dimension stones, industrial minerals and semi-precious stones – Development Minerals. Often referred to as Low Value Minerals and Materials (LVMM) due to their low price as a function of their weight and their relatively low value to international commodity markets, development minerals provide crucial inputs for domestic economic development and have the potential to boost development through employment creation at the local level for millions of people.
The construction industry contributes over 12% of Uganda’s gross domestic product (GDP) and conservative estimates indicate that more than 1 million people in Uganda are engaged in this sector, with women making up more than 25% of the work force. Uganda’s strong economic growth, infrastructure boom and rapid urbanisation over the last two decades are driving the demand for construction materials (such as gravel and sand), dimension stones (such as marble and granite), industrial minerals (such as bentonite and talc) and semi-precious stones (such as garnet and amethyst). These are all referred to as Development Minerals which are minerals and materials that are mined, processed, manufactured and consumed domestically in industries such as construction, manufacturing, and agriculture. Development Minerals are economically important close to the location where the commodity is mined and have the potential to boost development through employment creation at the local level for millions of people.
While a significant number of women derive their livelihood from artisanal and small scale mining (ASM), little is known about the socio-economic, including gender dimensions of ASM and its potential to support or hinder women’s economic empowerment. Policies aimed at legalization and regularization are thus unfolding without sufficient analysis of how women, and the barriers they face in ASM, will be impacted.
There is also demonstrable limited technical and operational capacity within the institutional framework to effectively implement gender mainstreaming interventions – a factor that exacerbated the income disparities between men and women; and undermined socio-economic transformation in the Development Minerals sector. Also, the informal nature of most quarry operations has augmented the vulnerabilities uniquely experienced by women especially regarding access to and control over economic resources such as capital, technologies and bargaining power as well as socio-cultural restrictions that impede their ability to exercise their voice and agency in the sector.
More so, despite having a strong presence at artisanal sites, there are much fewer women than men in decision-making and leadership positions at ASM sites, points of sale and SMEs. This reality has largely undermined the potential for optimal benefit from the sector and compounded the socio-economic constraints that have led to gender-related barriers to poverty reduction, inclusive growth and sustainable development.
UNDP in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development is implementing the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme. The three-year USD 950, 000 capacity building programme aims to build the profile, and improve the management of Development Minerals (industrial minerals; construction materials; dimension stones; and semi-precious stones) as well as contribute to addressing gender inequalities. The programme is part of a €13.1 million initiative by the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, financed by the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to strengthen the capacity of key stakeholders in 40 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of work and methodology:
The absence of information and statistics on women’s participation in artisanal and small-scale mining in Uganda a key hindrance for the formulation of a gender responsive policy, legal and regulatory framework for the mining sector.
In this regard, UNDP is seeking the services of a qualified national consultant to undertake a study on Strengthening the participation of women in artisanal and small scale mining of Development Minerals. The study is intended to generate the relevant data on women and artisanal and small - scale mining of development minerals in Uganda. The data is intended to inform actions of stakeholders responsible for the formulation and implementation of mining and minerals policy; and regulations. The draft Study Report is expected to be reviewed and validated in a National validation workshop with key stakeholders during the assignment.
The objective of this assignment is to generate data on and enhance the participation of women in artisanal and small – scale mining of development minerals; identify barriers to and opportunities for enhancing women’s economic empowerment in the burgeoning development minerals sector.
Specifically, the study is intended to:
Under the direct supervision of the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme Country Coordinator for Uganda and Team Leader – Inclusive Green Growth Programme and the overall supervision of the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme Manager, the Consultant is required to use a participatory approach and process to ensure wide stakeholder consultation in the collection of both secondary and primary data. It is expected that data collected will be analyzed using a rigorous and transparent analysis framework, summarized and presented to the Uganda Country Working Group and at a National Validation Workshop to aid in prioritization of strategic interventions and ensure sufficient inclusion of all stakeholder views.
The key tasks:
Expected Outputs and Deliverables:
The key deliverables of this assignment include:
Required Skills and Experience
The consultant will work closely with a team consisting of the Uganda Country Coordinator and ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme Specialist; and shall report to the UNDP Team Leader for the Inclusive Green Growth Programme, who will be responsible for ensuring the the overall technical quality of the deliverables, and compliance with the terms of the assignment.
The required format for all the reports generated shall be agreed with the UNDP upon the inception of the assignment.
All costs needed to achieve the deliverables set forth in this RFP are to be included in the financial proposals from the offerors (transport, professional fees, communication, consumables, living allowances, etc.) except logistical costs related to the organization of the stakeholder validation workshop.
Duration of Work:
The expected duration for the assignment is 25 non-consecutive working days spread over six weeks from date of approval and acceptance of contract by both parties. The assignment will be in accordance with the scope of work and indicative period for submission of deliverables as per the TORs attached.
The consultant’s duty station shall be Kampala with travel expected to selected 4 development minerals mining sites.
All information pertaining to this project as well as outputs produced under this contract shall remain the property of the UNDP who shall have exclusive rights over their use. Except for purposes of this assignment, the products shall not be disclosed to the public nor used in whatever format without written permission of UNDP in line with the national and International Copyright Laws applicable.
Price proposal and schedule of work:
A lump sum payment, in two tranches, shall be made upon successful completion and certification of work done as indicated in this Terms of Reference.
Evaluation Method and Criteria:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis methodology (weighted scoring method), where the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Technical Criteria weight: [70%]
Financial Criteria weight: [30%]
Only Individual Consultants obtaining a minimum of 70% on the Technical evaluation would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Technical Criteria – Maximum 70 points:
Financial Criteria – 30% of total evaluation:
The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:
Submission of Application:
The candidate is required to submit an electronic application directly uploaded on the UNDP jobs website with all the requirements as listed here below. Annexes and further information may be downloaded on http://procurement-notices.undp.org/. (Reference #40830).
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF document to this website – http://jobs.undp.org (Ref no.74567).
Interested applicants should submit applications through uploading of all their required documentation in one single pdf document on this website only.
|City, State:||Kampala with travels|
|Closing date:||September 27, 2017|